Orpheum 2 Plectrum Banjo - Commission Sale

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Rare, Super Orpheum 2 Plectrum Openback Banjo. Fitted with an Archtop Tonering. See below for details. Commission Sale

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A set of six Jim Dunlop Nylon 'standard' picks. These are the choice of many stringed instrument players. The set comprises of the following colour coded grades 38 mm White , .46mm Cream , 60mm Light Grey , 73mm Grey , 88mm Dark Grey & 1.00mm Black.

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Designed and hand crafted in the USA the Eagle-Ultimate banjo mute really is the 'Ultimate banjo mute' in terms of ease of use, effectiveness and functionality! Now you can play your banjo into the early hours of the morning without serenading you neighbours!

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Shubb is the first choice for many professionals that play 5-string, tenor and plectrum banjos and mandolin. The effective bar length is 1.5 inches with a flat profile. See also Shubb 5th string capo. In Nickel or Brass finish.

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Weight Reduction System Banjo Strap ...A super design banjo strap from Neotech USA. Very comfortable with padded 'internal control-stretch' design. Easy to attach to your banjo brackets with two strong webbing loops. Also has extra strong quick release buckles that attach to the main strap. Fully adjustable for perfect length.The internal control stretch design makes heavy instruments feel up to 50% lighter.

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Very simple single button design. The excellent Fzone FT-15 clip on chromatic tuner. Very simple to use with a single selector button for on/off and also mode selection. Suitable for any stringed instrument including banjo, guitar, ukulele, violin and others. It just simply clips on to the headstock of your instrument and picks up the vibration to register the exact tuning of your instrument. Please see more details below. Note Eastman guitar not included!


A truly beautiful and rare 4 string Plectrum banjo from New York's premier makers Rettberg and Lange. The fancy Super Orpheum 2 Plectrum banjo plays really nice with a low fast action. Quite a bit of fretwear but it doesn't affect the playability and tone of thebanjo

Individual serial Number:17068

More information about Orpheum banjos

Orpheum banjos were made by William Rettburg and William Lange, two music industry veterans who purchased the bankrupt Buckbee banjo company in 1897. In its day, Buckbee was the largest banjo maker in America, a firm that made instruments for Dobson, Benary, Farland, Bruno and perhaps a dozen more companies. The banjos made by Buckbee were primarily in what we think of as the minstrel style, with thin wooden shells, no metal tone rings and large, usually fretless necks. Rettburg and Lange had figured out early on that the instruments that Buckbee was making were quickly going out of fashion. By 1903 they had developed a simple tone ring that helped increase the banjo’s volume along with giving it brighter crisper tone. The Orpheum banjo proved to be a big success and by 1915, it was one of the most popular banjos styles in America.

Orpheum banjos came in a variety of styles including five-strings, banjo mandolins, plectrums and tenors, like today’s Catch. Orpheum banjos were very well made and they have a lighter, delicate tone than the instruments from Gibson and Epiphone that come out a few years later. The #3 Special was the fanciest model in the catalog although a couple of more ornate models were available by special order. This model boasts exquisite pearl inlay, heel carvings and wooden marquetry. The neck and shell are made of maple and the gold friction pegs have solid pearl buttons.


Banjo Type
4 String Banjo
Number of Strings
4 String


Pot Type
Open back
Pot Diameter
Tone Ring Fitted
Tone Ring Type
Whyte Ladye Tone Ring
Banjo Head Type
White Frosted Top
Tension Hoop
Brass tension hoop
Number of Hooks
3 footed with ebony tip
Bridge Height
Presto Style Tailpiece
Armrest Fitted


Neck Material


Headstock Material
Nut Material
Nut Width
Tuning Pegs
Rear facing planetary tuners
Tuner Buttons
White Plastic


CGBD Standard Plectrum Tuning


Overall Length
Country of Manufacture
Right or Left Handed
Right Handed
Supplied with Case/Gig Bag

Used Status

Used Instrument
Used - (Vintage)

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